Strong, steady leadership
The role of our Board of Directors has evolved alongside our business, providing oversight to an organization with a growing global footprint and a diverse, yet complementary suite of premier products and services. The Board strives to ensure that its corporate governance practices provide for the effective stewardship of the company, and it regularly evaluates those practices to ensure they are keeping with the highest standards.
Matthias F. Bichsel, PhD, Corporate Director
Matthias F. Bichsel, PhD
Dr. Bichsel is an energy and technology consultant and corporate director. From 2009 until his retirement in 2014, he was a member of the Executive Management Board of Royal Dutch Shell plc and ran one of its four global businesses, where his responsibilities included upstream and downstream capital projects, technology and R&D, engineering, supply chain management and procurement as well as drilling. Dr. Bichsel was also accountable for the safety and environmental performance of Shell. He was further responsible for sustainable development including climate change, emissions, pollution, societal shifts and stakeholder interests.
Dr. Bichsel has a PhD in Geology from the University of Basel, Switzerland, and is an Honorary Professor at the Chinese University of Petroleum, Beijing, China.
Loraine M. Charlton, Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Lintus Resources Limited
Loraine M. Charlton
Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Lintus Resources Limited
Loraine Charlton is currently Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Lintus Resources Limited, a private oil and gas company with interests across Western Canada, and has over three decades of experience in the oil and gas industry. During her career, Ms. Charlton has held various positions involving responsibility for directing overall management, including financial reporting, banking, debt and treasury management, investor relations, risk management, human resources, operations and strategy.
Ms. Charlton is also a director of CU Inc. and AKITA Drilling Ltd.
Ms. Charlton graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance. She also holds the Corporate Director Designation (ICD.D) from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Robert J. Normand, Corporate Director
Robert J. Normand
Mr. Normand retired in October 2015 as Chair of the Workers Compensation Board of Alberta, the agency which administers workplace insurance for the workers and employers of the Province of Alberta. In 2008, he retired from the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Alberta Treasury Branches ("ATB"). Prior to joining ATB as Executive Vice-President Sales in 1996, he was employed by the Bank of Montreal for 26 years and held line and credit executive positions in Quebec, Ontario and Alberta.
Through his experience in the financial services sector, he has developed extensive knowledge and expertise in the areas of finance, regulatory matters and risk management.
Mr. Normand is a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers and holds a B.A. (Econ.) from Sir George Williams University and an M.B.A. from Concordia University.
Alex J. Pourbaix, President & Chief Executive Officer, Cenovus Energy
Alex J. Pourbaix
President & Chief Executive Officer, Cenovus Energy
As the President & Chief Executive Officer of Cenovus Energy, Mr. Pourbaix is responsible for establishing the strategic direction for the company and delivering strong financial and operational performance. He took on the company’s leadership role in November of 2017 and is also a member of the Board of Directors of Cenovus.
Prior to Cenovus, Mr. Pourbaix spent 27 years with TransCanada Corporation and its affiliates in a broad range of leadership roles, including Chief Operating Officer, where he was responsible for the company’s commercial activity and overseeing major energy infrastructure projects and operations. He also has experience in corporate strategy, business development, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, as well as stakeholder relations.
Mr. Pourbaix earned both a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta. He is active in the community, having sat on the boards of several local charities, including many years as a dedicated volunteer for the United Way. Mr. Pourbaix served as Board Chair for the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association and currently serves on the boards of Trican Well Service Ltd. and the Business Council of Canada. He's also Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors at the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, Board Chair at Mount Royal University and a member of the Business Council of Alberta.
Hector A. Rangel, President, BCP Securities Mexico
Hector A. Rangel
President, BCP Securities Mexico
Mr. Rangel is the President of BCP Securities Mexico, a joint venture with BCP Securities LLC, a US investment bank specializing in emerging markets. Prior to this role, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Nacional Financiera S.N.C. and Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior and a member of Mexico's cabinet under President Felipe Calderon. Mr. Rangel has extensive corporate and investment banking expertise having held various executive positions with the Grupo Financiero Bancomer from 1991 until 2008, including a tenure as Chairman of the Board. Mr. Rangel has also been President of the Mexico Bankers Association and President of the Mexican Business Council.
Mr. Rangel is also presently a director of GNP Profuturo Afore, GNP Seguros and Nadro S.A. and has been director of a number of major public companies in Mexico.
Mr. Rangel has an Industrial Engineering degree from Purdue University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Stanford University.
Laura A. Reed, Chair, Eric Alpha Holdings Pty Ltd
Laura A. Reed
Chair, Eric Alpha Holdings Pty Ltd
Ms. Reed is the Chair of ERIC Alpha Holdings Pty Ltd and its subsidiaries, which owns 49 per cent of Ausgrid, an electricity distribution business in Australia. In addition, Ms. Reed is a director of Ausgrid. Ms. Reed is also the Chair of Epic Energy South Australia Pty Ltd, which owns the Moomba to Adelaide gas transmission pipeline in South Australia, as well as a director of ATCO Australia Pty Ltd. Effective February 1, 2018, Ms. Reed was appointed to the board of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, the federal government corporation (Australia) which assists with the funding of clean energy projects.
Ms. Reed was the Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director of Spark Infrastructure from 2008 until May 2012. Spark Infrastructure owned 49 per cent of three electricity distribution businesses in Australia. Before joining Spark Infrastructure, she spent nine years at Envestra Limited, a gas distribution company, in a number of senior financial roles including Chief Financial Officer.
Ms. Reed holds an MBA from Deakin University and a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and is a fellow of Certified Practicing Accountants Australia.
James W. Simpson, Lead Director
James W. Simpson
Mr. Simpson is Lead Director for the Board of Canadian Utilities. Until April 2017, Mr. Simpson was Chair and Director of Suncor Energy Inc. ("Suncor"), having served on its board since 2009. He was a director of Petro Canada from 2004 through to 2009 when it merged with Suncor. A former President of Chevron Canada Resources, he retired after a 30-year career with Chevron Corporation. While President of Chevron Canada, he was involved with several remediation projects including a multimillion-dollar program to identify and remediate oil pipeline river and stream crossings from legacy operations.
He is a former Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and actively participated in climate change issues and emerging regulatory policies related to Canada’s petroleum industry. He has also participated in the World Petroleum Congress.
Mr. Simpson holds a B.Sc. (Honours) in Geology and a M.Sc. in Geophysics. He is a graduate of the Program for Senior Executives from the Sloan School of Business at M.I.T.
Nancy C. Southern, Chair
Nancy C. Southern
Nancy Southern is Chair of Canadian Utilities Limited, as well as Chair & Chief Executive Officer of ATCO Ltd. After joining the Canadian Utilities Board of Directors in 1990, Ms. Southern served as Co-Chair prior to being appointed Chair in December 2012. Ms. Southern was President from 2003 until 2015, and Chief Executive Officer from 2003 until 2019. She serves on the boards of a majority of ATCO subsidiary companies. Ms. Southern also serves as Executive Vice President of Spruce Meadows and is a founding director of AKITA Drilling Ltd., a director of Sentgraf Enterprises Limited, an Honorary Director of the BMO Financial Group and serves on the Rideau Hall Foundation Board of Directors. In addition to her business leadership, Ms. Southern has long played a leading role in advocating on social issues of global importance – most notably, the rights of Indigenous peoples and the role of women in business.
Ms. Southern is a member of The U.S. Business Council, a member of the American Society of Corporate Executives, and a Canadian Member of the Trilateral Commission. She is also a member of the Business Council of Canada, the University of Calgary School of Public Policy Advisory Council, and the South Australian Minerals and Petroleum Expert Group. In 2017, she joined the Government of Canada’s Advanced Manufacturing Economic Strategy Table, a collaborative nationwide effort designed to leverage rapid technological advancements to strengthen the country’s manufacturing sector.
Linda A. Southern-Heathcott, Vice Chair, Canadian Utilities Limited and President & Chief Executive Officer, Spruce Meadows Ltd.
Linda A. Southern-Heathcott
Vice Chair, Canadian Utilities Limited and President & Chief Executive Officer, Spruce Meadows Ltd.
Ms. Southern-Heathcott is President & Chief Executive Officer of Spruce Meadows Ltd., an internationally recognized equestrian facility in Calgary, Alberta. As a former professional equestrian rider, Ms. Southern-Heathcott was a member of the Canadian Equestrian Team for nine years and competed in the 1996 Olympic Summer Games in Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. Southern-Heathcott brings significant management and business experience to the Board and was appointed Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Canadian Utilities in March 2017.
Ms. Southern-Heathcott is a founding director, and currently serves as Board Chair, of AKITA Drilling Ltd. Ms. Southern-Heathcott also serves on the Boards of ATCO Structures & Logistics Ltd. and Sentgraf Enterprises Ltd.
In 2010, Ms. Southern-Heathcott received her ICD.D certification from the Director Education Program of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Charles W. Wilson, Corporate Director
Charles W. Wilson
Mr. Wilson is Lead Director for the Board of Directors of ATCO Ltd. and is a director of ATCO Australia Pty Ltd. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of Shell Canada from 1993 to 1999, and Executive Vice President, U.S. Downstream Oil and Chemical of Shell Oil Company from 1988 to 1993. Before 1988, he was Vice President, U.S. Exploration and Production of Shell Oil Company, and held various executive positions in the domestic and international natural resource operations of Shell.
As the former Head of the Environment Committee of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, Mr. Wilson was actively involved in climate change matters and emerging regulatory policies related to the petroleum industry.
Mr. Wilson holds a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering and an M.Sc. in Engineering.
Wayne G. Wouters, Corporate Director
Wayne G. Wouters
Mr. Wouters is Strategic and Policy Advisor to the law firm McCarthy Tétrault LLP in Toronto, Ontario. Prior to joining the private sector, Mr. Wouters had a distinguished 37-year career in the federal public service, including five years serving as the Clerk of the Privy Council of Canada. As Clerk, he held the roles of Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister, Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of Public Service. During his career, he has held the positions of Secretary of the Treasury Board, Deputy Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, and Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.
Mr. Wouters has industry expertise in the oil and gas and natural resources, transportation, technology, telecommunications, and security sectors.
Mr. Wouters was inducted by the Prime Minister as a Member of the Privy Council in 2014 and appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2017.
Mr. Wouters graduated in Commerce (Honours) from the University of Saskatchewan and holds a MA in Economics from Queen's University. He holds several honorary degrees.